A message from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:
Senator McConnaughay’s Legislative Update: September 1, 2015
The Senate is set to return to Springfield next week as Illinois continues to operate without a state budget. So far, lawmakers have approved spending for education and federal dollars for certain programs, but the bulk of state revenue remains unallocated.
At the heart of the issue is years of fiscal mismanagement that have left Illinois with many problems, but few resources. Recent reports about Illinois’ unemployment numbers and jobs climate are further proof that it’s time to tackle the problems holding our state back.
Next week, we will continue to work toward finding a solution to address Illinois’ fiscal situation.
As always, I hope you will contact me or my office with questions or concerns you may have. You can also visit my legislative website at www.senatormcconnaughay.com.
State Senator for the 33rd District
McConnaughay to host ‘Fun-O-Lympics’
State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) will host a free “Fun-O-Lympics” kids health and safety fair from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept.12, at Marlowe Middle School located at 9625 Haligus Road in Lake in the Hills.
“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our kids. The ‘Fun-O-Lympics’ are a great way to teach our kids about leading active, healthy lives in a way that is fun for the whole family,” said McConnaughay.
Illinois Job Growth Lags Behind Nation
The latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) shows the state ended July with an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in June. Illinois also gained about 1,900 nonfarm payroll jobs, but job growth continues to trail behind other states. IDES Director Jeff Mays said if Illinois employment growth had matched the rest of the nation this year, “Illinois would have added 40,000 more jobs by now.”
“F” doesn’t mean “Friendly” for small businesses
According to an annual survey released this month, Illinois gets an “F” on its small-businesses report card.
Another report on Illinois’ economy indicates that thousands of Illinoisans found job opportunities, in other states. The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI), a public policy think tank, cites figures from the Internal Revenue Service. IPI reports, “…in 2012, Illinois lost more taxpayers and taxpayer wealth to a greater number of states than ever before.” The Institute’s analysis indicates that nearly 67,000 taxpayers and their dependents left Illinois taking with them $3.7 billion in annual income.
Regulation Reform = Economic Growth
Gov. Rauner signed legislation during the week that supporters said is an example of what can be accomplished when political parties and opposing interests work together for the benefit of the entire state.
Legislative Action Round-Up
Gov. Rauner took action on a number of bills during the week. A complete list is available on the Senate Action page of the Senate Republican Caucus Web site.